9th July

Understanding who is who and what is what in the NZ Screen Sector

Catherine Bates: New Zealand Film Commission, Head of Incentives, Kirsty Donoghue: Screen Auckland, Attraction Specialist, Bree Loverich: Screen Canterbury NZ, Manager, Rob Lyver: ATEED, Screen Business Specialist, Philippa Mossman: New Zealand Film Commission, Head of International Screen Attraction

Understanding how the rebate system and the sector works are vital to being able to run your business effectively. Covid has created many opportunities for the sector as part of the country’s economic recovery. What is the role of the NZFC and regional film offices as we move through into this new Covid phase? How does the incentive programme work and what is a suppliers role in the system? What are their plans for the next year and how can screen business be a part of this? Join our guests to discuss this further.

2nd July

Deep Dive into Immersive Technologies

Sam Ramlu: Method, Aliesha Staples: Staples VR, Jessica Manins: Beyond Fun, Michael McCullough: Many Worlds

AR/VR/MR and experiential are words that are now becoming common place in the post Covid world, but what do they mean? We unpick the different technologies and see how they have fared during Covid and moving into a post Covid world. How can other companies working in the screen sector engage with and get the best out of the technology? What is the market for this experiential technology and how does the market need to shift to use it? Explore this new technology with us in the latest of the On Screen Sessions.

25th June

Advertising – Agencies and Production Companies

Nik Beachman: Executive Producer at Thick as Thieves, Rachael Blampied: Head of Content at Fish&Clips, Amanda Jenkins: Line Producer at AJ Films

Our panel of Advertising agencies and producers will explore what the future could look like and how our relationships with clients may change. The advertising industry and ad production are an important part of the screen sector and as small scale productions can be a litmus test for our industry at this time. While it was a time of little or no filming, has it been a time of reimagining and creativity? Given the constraints involved in practical filming how are agencies and production companies responding? We will highlight and examine the trends our guests see emerging in the advertising space in New Zealand and internationally at the moment, and how these affect how ads are imagined and produced.

11th June

Exporting Our Creative Digital IP

Sam Witters: CEO at AMO Group, Mario Wynands: Managing Director at Pik Pok, Mathew Joubert: VP of Marketing at SHIFT72

In a world that is currently shifting, and with New Zealand needing to look at how to reinvigorate its economy, what is the possible reimagining for screen as a part of the export portfolio that New Zealand offers to the world. Recently the role of digital IP has seen a resurgence in importance and attention. How can screen industry businesses across the sector embrace this change? What should the sector do to create opportunities in the COVID environment and rebuild?

4th June

Accessing Support for your Screen Business

Jane Finlayson: Head Of Business at ATEED, Brett O’Riley: Chief Executive at EMA, Board Member of New Zealand Film Commission, Andrew Hamilton: Co-Founder of Manaaki, & 15 years as CEO of The Icehouse, James Fuller: CEO at Hnry

One of the hardest issues we face as business owners is who we can turn to for business guidance. Seeking counsel from those more experienced is essential for sustainable business growth. We have put together a panel of experts who will clarify how you can get support for your business, from quick answers to in-depth consultations, these experts will make it easier than ever to get the advice and assistance you need.

28th May


Craig Hudson: Managing Director of Xero Aotearoa, Grant Difford: CEO and Founder of Waking Giants, Pat MacFie: Global Director of Design and Innovation at Indigo, Victoria Spackman: ONZM for services to theatre, film, and television, independent director and creative leader

With our panel of leadership experts we explore how leaders of screen industry businesses can connect authentically with their people, and how relationships with employees and contractors can make our industry a bit more complex than other more common sectors.  Our panel of outstanding leaders will share their expertise highlighting key leadership principles and demonstrating how you can use these to successfully navigate change and challenging business environments, how to get the best out of your team and the teams you are a part of, and how to build effectiveness and resiliency within these teams.

21st May

Business Fundamentals – What you need to know to get back to business

Lisa Ciniglio: Director, Mahony Film and Entertainment Insurance, Grant Watson: Senior Relationship Manager, ANZ, Anchali Anandanayagam: Partner, Hudson Gavin Martin Legal, Greg Thompson: Relationship Manager, Grant Thornton Business and Tax Advisory Services

Practical insights from banking, insurance, legal, tax and business advisory specialists, who really understand screen industry businesses. Loans, tax and depreciation changes, increased legal requirements, mortgage breaks! How does it work, what are the risks, and what is right for your company during the restart of the economy? Hear from our expert panel as they discuss how your business can get up and running, debate some of the requirements these companies have of screen businesses and each other, and look at how they can work together to offer more effective services.

14th May

Understanding the Screen Strategy 2030

Janette Searle: Screen Sector Strategy Group, David Wilks: Weta Workshop, Rachael Antony: Greenstone TV

Hear from some of the key members of the Screen Strategy 2030 Facilitation Group. What are the opportunities for the screen industry? How should it now work in the COVID-19 environment? How can businesses across the sector work collaboratively to make the Strategy a living breathing guide for sector growth? You will have the opportunity to ask questions of our guest speakers who were on the team who facilitated the Screen Strategy 2030

12th May

Positive stories from the front line

Mike Urban: Founder & Managing Director of The Rebel Fleet, Rebekah (Bex) Kelly: Executive Producer at Finch, Lanita Ririnui: Kaikkiri Kaupapa Content Commissioner at Maori TV, Kathryn Burnett: Screen Writer and Workshop Creator

How have Auckland Screen Businesses been innovating to continue working during lockdown. What are they working on to prepare for the return of productions, and what possible opportunities do they identify through COVID-19.

7th May

Returning to work – health and safety on set through COVID-19

Kelly Lucas: Screen Industry Guild Aotearoa. Paul Andreassend: Screen Safe Covid 19 Work Group, Brendon Durey: Film Effects Company, Melanie Dale and Matteo Jones: Worksafe

The Screen Safe Health & Safety Committee will discuss the work they have been doing in order for the screen industry to return to working on set. Our guests will introduce you to the Back-to-Production Tool Kit and give you the inside information on what we need to do to stay safe while working through COVID-19.